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Air defenders earn combat patches


1st Sgt. Greg Thigpen salutes Lt. Col Shaffer after receiving his patch during the patching ceremony conducted by Bravo Battery, 5-5 ADA.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHANK, Afghanistan— The tell is small and subtle, but every Soldier knows that the shoulder sleeve insignia, or “combat patch,” worn on the right sleeve denotes service in a combat zone.

Published: 10:46AM January 9th, 2014

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Many leaders in today’s army have graduated from the United States Military Academy. It is not uncommon then, during a time of war, for classmates to run into each other while down range. There was an uncommon occurrence, however, this past month when the 130th Engineer Brigade arrived in Afghanistan to assume responsibility of the Theater Engineer Brigade (TEB) from the 555th Engr. Bde.

Published: 12:58PM September 23rd, 2013

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Army Special Forces Soldiers have helped shape the future of Afghanistan during a critical turning point in the fight against insurgents in the Nimroz and Helmand provinces since their arrival in May 2013.

Published: 03:06PM September 17th, 2013

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan – The vehicles and construction equipment were caked in sludge and dust. The Soldiers of 617th Engineer Company “Trailblazers” were covered in dirt with sweat dripping from their faces as they returned each evening from their five day mission repairing a vital access road in the Khost Province.

Published: 04:00PM September 3rd, 2013

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — The Soldiers of 555th Engineer Brigade Headquarters, Joint Task Force Triple Nickel, may be only a month away from concluding their deployment, but there are no signs of slowing down in the unit that since February has overseen U.S. military engineer operations throughout Afghanistan.

Published: 03:50PM September 3rd, 2013

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Field fielding is a term that often triggers visualizations reminiscent of Charles Dickens’s soup kitchen with a large, sweaty man serving miniscule amounts of soup while laughing when asked to serve more. For others, memories surface of the old lunch lady barely acknowledging your thank-you while she slops on what appears to be mashed potatoes beside your unknown source of meat. For the 864th Engineer Battalion, stationed out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, small portions and grumpy servers are nowhere to be found during their field feeding operations on Forward Operating Base (FOB) Sharana, Regional Command East Afghanistan.

Published: 11:00AM July 30th, 2013

KABUL, Afghanistan — The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came away from a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Monday convinced that the United States and Afghanistan can sign a bilateral security agreement between now and October.

Published: 12:38PM June 13th, 2013

COMBAT OUTPOST TALUKAN, Afghanistan – Soldiers of B Company, 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry “Manchu” Regiment, recently tore apart the combat outpost that was their home for nearly seven months.

Published: 03:32PM June 5th, 2013

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Halfway there.

Published: 02:14PM May 20th, 2013

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — In the first four months of their deployment, the Soldiers of the Joint Task Force Triple Nickel headquarters, 555th Engineer Brigade, have overseen engineering projects for countless other units throughout Afghanistan. Massive base expansions, road construction, building repairs and more.

Published: 01:43PM May 15th, 2013

COMBAT OUTPOST KHENJAKAK, Afghanistan — Following a four-day operation May 1 to 4, soldiers of C “Chaos” Company, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, Combined Task Force 4-2, and Weapons Company, 6th Kandak, 205th Afghan National Army completed their final company-sized operation of the unit’s nine-month deployment.

Published: 01:18PM April 4th, 2013

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan – Soldiers with Combined Task Force 2-23 (2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment) contended in the Top Tomahawk competition that began March 29 at FOB Spin Boldak.

Published: 12:39PM April 4th, 2013

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Ten contestants from throughout Regional Command – South tested their physical limits through a fitness challenge in the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division’s Dragoon Games in Kandahar, Afghanistan, March 24.

Published: 01:00PM March 14th, 2013

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MASUM GHAR, Afghanistan — When Staff Sgt. Luis Santos found out he made the sergeant first class list in March 2012, he jokingly bet his wife he would get promoted during his unit’s deployment to Afghanistan and she would miss his fourth promotion in a row.

Published: 03:19PM February 7th, 2013

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — The 555th Engineer Brigade completed its transfer of authority ceremony with the 411th Eng. Bde. here at Bagram Air Field, Feb. 3, officially assuming command of the Theater Joint Engineer Brigade in Afghanistan.

Published: 11:31AM January 17th, 2013

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The Combined Team Ready First assumed battle space responsibility from 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division “Lancers,” from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Jan. 7. The ceremony was held at Camp Nathan Smith, Afghanistan, and hosted multiple Afghan dignitaries as well as Maj. Gen. Robert “Abe” Abrams, Regional Command-South commander.

Published: 10:46AM January 10th, 2013

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MASUM GHAR, Afghanistan – Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters landed on a small FOB in Southern Afghanistan, kicking up dust and causing a buzz from those on the ground.

Published: 10:43AM January 10th, 2013

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MASUM GHAR, Afghanistan – Specialist Brendon Brown stepped off his Stryker at Combat Outpost Talukan Dec. 26, looking for a familiar face.

Published: 10:39AM January 10th, 2013

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Special guest, Maj. Gen. Robert B. Abrams, shared a personal dinner with Haji Tor Jan New Year’s Eve. The farewell dinner was in honor of the outgoing commander of 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, Lt. Col. Patrick Michaelis.

Published: 10:38AM January 10th, 2013

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — A provincial security meeting was held inside the governor’s palace Jan. 2, to bid farewell to the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.